In a society that equates vulnerability with weakness, it’s no wonder why so many of us struggle to thrive and find meaningful connection in our lives. As children, we take cues from our caregivers and develop strategies to keep ourselves safe. Over time, these strategies can become rigid patterns that negatively impact our functioning and relationships. Once we recognize these strategies are actually fueling disconnection, leaving us feeling isolated, exhausted, panicked, and hopeless, the opportunity for growth and improvement begins.
For some, the process of self-exploration is empowering and welcomed; for others, just the thought of accessing the more vulnerable parts of who we are sounds daunting, overwhelming, and even off-limits. However, in order to shift these strategies and develop new ways of being, we first have to own them and understand why we developed them in the first place (and there’s usually a good reason).
It takes immense courage to slow down and look inward, and you don’t have to do it alone. My therapeutic style is curious, caring, collaborative, and transparent. From the beginning, I aim to build safety and trust in the room as we partner together on the path towards exploration, healing, and growth. My approach to working with couples, families, and individuals is informed by the theory of attachment, as I believe our early relationships with our caregivers inform the way we show up as romantic partners and parents. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), and I’m a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator offering premarital counseling to solidify a strong foundation for a lifetime together.
I have personally experienced the transformative effects of a supportive therapeutic process in my own marriage and relationships, and it's an honor and privilege to help my clients heal emotional wounds, mend broken bonds, and build the loving and supportive relationships we all long for and deserve.
I look forward to connecting with you to learn more about how I can support you along your journey.
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To schedule an appointment with Gwen, please email her at Gwen@AllisonBrownleeTherapy.com or call/text her at 858-848-9957.